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Patient Advocacy Volunteer Program in Emergency Research Services

The Patient Advocacy Volunteer Program in Emergency Research Services provides undergraduates and recent grads with hands-on clinical experience in healthcare and emergency medicine. The most important aspect of our program, which lasts for at least two semesters, is patient advocacy, and participating students spend the majority of their time interacting with and supporting patients.

Working closely with faculty in NYU Langone’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine, students rotate through various areas of the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, including adult and pediatric emergency services and urgent care. During these rotations, students assist patients, physicians, nurses, and staff.

Students’ emergency medicine experience is also enriched through observation, structured tasks, and monthly lectures.

Program Eligibility and Requirements

We encourage students from any institution to apply. Applicants should be current undergraduates or within two years of having received a bachelor’s degree.

Students must volunteer for a minimum of one academic year (two semesters). The program does not take place during the summer. Students are expected to complete two four-hour shifts per week and attend one three-hour meeting per month. To accommodate undergraduate schedules, monthly meetings typically occur on Fridays.

In general, shifts are available 7 days a week as follows: 8:00AM to 12:00PM, 12:00PM to 4:00PM, 4:00PM to 8:00PM, and 8:00PM to 12:00AM.

Shifts are set as standing schedules, which students keep for the duration of the semester. Students can choose the shifts they prefer on the basis of their availability, but they must be free to attend the monthly Friday meetings.

All rules and attendance requirements for the program are strictly enforced. Failure to abide by the rules results in the participant’s termination from the program.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 program will open in fall 2020, and are due in mid-December.

All participants are expected to complete a minimum of two semesters of the program. Those beginning in the spring semester are expected to participate the following fall.

We only consider complete application packages, which comprise the following:

  • the completed online application form
  • your current CV
  • a recent professional photo
  • an essay of 500 to 750 words in which you discuss why you are interested in joining the program, what you can contribute, and how participating will help you reach the career goals you listed on your application
  • two letters of recommendation, each sent by the recommender and containing a physical or electronic signature

All materials other than the online application form should be emailed to Anthony Orneta, program manager, at Please have your recommenders put “Patient Advocacy Volunteer Program in Emergency Research Services” in the subject line.

Applicants are advised to apply and have recommendation letters submitted early.

Interested applicants are welcome to email Mr. Orneta at with any questions.